Milestones, Mar. 17, 1975

Died. Otto Winzer, 72, former East German Foreign Minister; of heart disease; in East Berlin. A Communist from his youth, Winzer was a close aide of the late East German leader Walter Ulbricht. When Winzer took command of the foreign ministry in 1965, only the Communist bloc and a few Third World countries recognized East Germany as a sovereign state. Winzer shepherded his country into the international arena, and in 1973 East Germany (along with her neighbor to the west) was admitted to the United Nations. Poor health forced Winzer's resignation in January.


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